Hi Treefrog, and happy new year. You've mentioned that you didn't find any utility in using Maca, and I was just re-reading some things about it. About.com had an interview with a holistic physician that said this may be a symptom of needing a detox. I don't know if you have an herbalist you trust who may be able to guide you through recharging your system, but I know I feel much better when everything is balanced. (And my weight is better, too.)
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>There is also a group of women who don't experience any significant difference taking the maca, and some of these women have contacted me too. In a majority of cases, there was evidence that they had a sluggish liver and/or bowel and needed to detoxify their liver/kidney/intestinal organs to experience a greater sense of well being and improvement in the functioning of their endocrine glands. In those cases, I suggested that they alternate taking Royal Break-Stone Tea and Royal Cat's Claw Tea.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks for the info, ArtfulD.
I know there is a train of thought about detox. I am sure it holds true in some cases. But the liver, kidneys, skin, etc. ARE cleansing organs, and for the most part do cleanse themselves.
My current thoughts on Maca-
I went thru herbal detox several different times with no significant changes whatsoever. I did this because I have Hepatitis C.
I really don't believe I am or was exposed to anything toxic that built up in my system. I avoid processed foods, mostly, and eat a good diet of mostly natural foods. I also supplement a few vitamins and minerals. I don't believe that anyone eating a balanced, mostly natural food diet necessarily needs a special expensive food like Maca.
I am also convinced that Maca is not necessarily really helpful for all the health issues it proclaims to help. I think a lot of us get into some bad dietary ruts, such as skipping meals, stringent dieting, fast food, processed foods, etc., and then become unable to handle a high life-stress and become ill. Correcting diet, by adding the necessary nutrients for life, then solves the problem. I think some of us simply need to eat right and exercise. I have a problem with exercising, myself. I don't do it.
I might add that I am not depressed, and have not been for some time. I don't have mood swings.
The Estratest HS has boosted my libido. My thyroid med, which is now is the natural product, Armour, is not yet fully tweaked to my needs. I plan to make regular exercise my priority, as a New year resolution.
We'll see how that goes. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif">
Anyway, I do appreciate you sharing with me!!! I really do! TF
TF- I'm so glad to hear that the Estratest HS is working for you!
I'd forgotten that you were HepC. It may (or may not) have slowed your liver functions enough to minimize the usefulness of Maca. But there are no cure-alls, eh? I just continue to learn and grow. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Estratest HS is a prescription estrogen-testosterone drug.
Just ask your doctor for a trial of it. But ask for the lowest dose, at least at first.
I appreciate you! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
My liver is functioning at full capapcity. My Hep. C has been benign.
TF<p>[This message has been edited by Tree Frog (edited 01-02-2002).]
TF: did your doctor tell you to be sure and watch your cholesterol very closely on EstratestHS? I'm not taking it anymore but I remember back when my obgyn really stressed that it can change rapidly on the medication. I'm sure you know that already but wanted to mention it just in case. BG
In all my searches, I saw nothing about cholesterol in relation to Estratest, except if yours is high, you may not be able to take it. Mine is on the low side.
There was no warning about it altering Cholesterol levels. But thanks! I always appreciate sharing...one never knows.